You’ll discover the delicious reasons why China goes crazy for these crabs two months every year as we sample whole hairy crabs and 5-6 dishes that incorporate them in Shanghai’s Old Town neighborhood. And we’ll wash it all down with a huangjiu tasting platter, China’s answer to brandy – which Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors and sommeliers both agree is the perfect pairing with hairy crab.
This seasonal specialty dinner has limited availabilities based on peak hairy crab season, so act fast to get your spots!
EXPLORE OLD TOWN
You’ll see how locals live (and eat) in some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods on the outskirts of Shanghai’s former walled city – before the wrecking ball turns this area into high-rise apartment buildings.
LEARN ALL ABOUT HAIRY CRAB
From telling the difference between the sexes (and which one is in season) to what bits NOT to eat of the crab to what catadromous means, we’ll walk you through the whole process and turn you into a hairy crab expert by the end of the night.
SAMPLE MULTIPLE HAIRY CRAB DISHES
From wontons to lion's head meatballs, you’ll taste the most delicious ways locals integrate the hairy crab meat and roe in their cuisine when autumn arrives.
GET UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH YOUR FOOD
Eating a hairy crab requires special knowledge – you can’t just crack into these delicacies willy-nilly! We’ll show you the steps to eating them like a Shanghainese, and give you a recipe to try at home.
SIP LOCAL CHINESE BRANDY
There’s a reason why Shanghainese diners always pair their hairy crab dishes with ginger, vinegar and Shaoxing wine. First, it tastes delicious. Second, Traditional Chinese Medicine!
We are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions on this dinner. Thank you for your understanding.